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1976 International Terra 4x4 Pickup - Wearin' O' The Green

Posted in Features on January 1, 2001 Comment (0)
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Green is a color that's universally recognized worldwide for its message, whether it's the go of a traffic light, the go fast now message a green light signals on a race track, or even the everything is OK status that green indicator lights announce on a vehicle's gauge panel. Paint an ordinary automobile in any shade of green and you'll still have a run-of-the-mill vehicle, only green; cloak a heavily modified 4x4 of unique heritage with a just-right shade of green and you have something special.

Justin Barnes of Myrtle Creek, Oregon, has such a vehicle: The wild, definitely green, '76 International Terra Pickup shown on these pages. Justin, a Deputy Sheriff with the Douglas County Sheriff's Office in Douglas County, Oregon, originally bought the International 4x4 four years ago after a trip to Moab, Utah, for a rockcrawling event. Ever since that trip to Moab, Justin's Terra Pickup has been on the receiving end of trick modifications galore.

The Terra 4x4's original fleetside bed was in poor shape when Justin bought the Scout, and its demise came during a trip to Moab where the bed's rear quarter panels were severely damaged during contact with on-trail obstacles. Rather than repair the near-worthless bed, Justin set out to design and build a stepside bed for his truck. The basic box was scratch-built by Justin, Dale Wheeler, and Mark Harders, and uses modified Dodge truck fenders. Both the front and rear fender openings were enlarged to accommodate bottomed-out rubber, then Jackie Daily of Myrtle Creek squirted the Scout with PPG's Get 'Em Green paint after Justin, Dale, and Mark had finished smoothing the International's flanks.

The Terra's underpinnings aren't painted green, but they're impressive nevertheless. Justin assembled a springover suspension based on 6-inch lift National Springs, Energy Suspension bumpstops, and custom shock hoops that retain Rancho RS 9000 dampers. The rear spring packs also ride atop the axle tubes and were augmented with Add-a-Leaves, Superlift 4-inch blocks, Rancho RS 9000 shocks, Energy Suspension bumpstops, and custom traction links.

The International's powertrain isn't International; Justin swapped in a FoMoCo small-block after Dave Schenck Jr. of Dave's Engine in Myrtle Creek stuffed it full of performance goodies, including a steel crankshaft, a Comp Cams 268 hydraulic camshaft, blueprinted connecting rods, and new alloy pistons. Schenck also tricked the 289-style, closed-chamber cylinder heads with Comp Cams pushrod guideplates, valve springs, and rocker arms, but only after he ported and polished the heads' intake ports and combustion chambers. Jason Mealer installed and tuned the induction system, which includes an Edelbrock Performer dual-plane manifold topped with an Edelbrock 600-cfm four-barrel carburetor breathing through a K&N Filtercharger. An ACCEL Super Coil enhances the Ford DuraSpark ignition, while spent gases are routed through Ford cast-iron exhaust manifolds, a Valley Tire-fabbed 3-inch-diameter exhaust pipe, and a Flowmaster muffler.

A Ford T-18 manual four-speed transmission backs the V-8 and is, in turn, backed by a Dodge NP205 T-case, which spins custom driveshafts built by Tom Wood. The axles are stout on this Scout: a front Chevy Dana 60 with Warn hubs and a rear Dodge Dana 60 with a TA Performance diff housing cover. Both 60s use Lock-Right locking differentials with 4.56 ring-and-pinion gearsets set up by Myrtle Creek's Don Jones Automotive. The rolling stock is comprised of 16x8-inch American Racing Wheels with Champion bead locks and Interco's 38.5x11R16 Super Swamper Bogger tires.

While at the controls, Justin relies on an Auto Meter tach and gauges, sits in JAZ seats, is restrained by a Simpson five-point safety harness, and is able to store valuables within a Tuffy security console. The Grant GT steering wheel sends directional input through an AGR Scout Super Box 2 steering box equipped with an AGR Super Pump, and on to a custom-built crossover steering system with a Dynatrack steering arm, a one-off, Heim-jointed drag link, and a Superlift steering block.

While there are many nicely outfitted 4x4s roaming the trails of this great nation, it's always nice to see a unique 4x4 such as Justin's International Terra, which is definitely not run-of-the-mill. In fact, we could say this Scout leaves us green with envy.

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